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02 August 2010 :: 11:08:44 am 34091

Pakistani Death Toll Rises as Floods Wash Away Villages

Over 1000 people are known to have died as flood waters wash away homes, destroying villages with thousands remaining trapped as situations worsen.
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Pattaya 2nd August 2010 [Pakistan] Around 30,000 troops have joined the relief teams in an effort to rescue those who remain stranded in the worst monsoon rains to date. Large parts of northwest Pakistan are submerged, making rescue difficult, with fears of more rain to come.

he main north south motorway has reopened allowing aid to reach some of those trapped. Aerial surveys determined the full extent of the damage caused by the flooding, showing that whole villages and grain storages have been washed away while animal have drowned. The destruction is enormous.

Soldiers have rescued 19,000 people from the worst hit areas, but thousands more remain stranded.

Reports have come in that flood water is receding in some areas, but officials are worried that relief may be hampered by more rain.

Essential supplies have been delivered by helicopters to areas that have had transport and communication links severed.  All major bridges have been destroyed completely. Forty three helicopters and one hundred boats have been deployed in a bid to reach those still trapped.

The UN has responded to requests for help with food, water, shelter medication and sanitation, while the US has provided around 50,000 meals, four rescue boats and two water filtration units. The US Embassy in Islamabad is to provide twelve temporary bridges to replace some of those washed away.

Reggie Colbeck

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